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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2018

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Chalkhill Blue
(not Devil's Dyke)

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We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
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If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 20, Langstons, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk IP11 0XL  or to

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
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23 Jun Very excited to see a Dark Green Fritillary this morning.(📷 photo click here) This is the first seen in Suffolk for decades.  The nearest poplation is on the NE Norfolk coast. Also saw Small Heath 40+, Ringlet 20, Speckled Wood 18, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 2, Small White 1, Large Skipper 1 and numerous Meadow Browns. RSPB Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
23 Jun White letter hairstreak on Barnham allotments Barnham TL 866793 John Law
23 Jun Saw 2 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 50 Ringlets, 10 Speckled Woods and a Comma at Wolves Wood, Hadleigh. Wolves Wood   Jonathan Dickie
22 Jun  Silver-washed fritillary and white admiral Bonny wood this morning Bonny wood   Nathaniel Cant
22 Jun White Admiral out in Wherstead Wood (TM136399) & Old Hall Wood (TM123397)     Kevin Ling
22 Jun Great to see many Silver-studded Blues on Westleton Heath this afternoon Westleton Heath   Dick Walden
22 Jun A few summertime butterflies last 2 days. First Purple hairstreaks for year yesterday and a cracking White admiral today (+ another hairstreak), probably now breeding on site. Purdis Heath Golf   Ipswich golf club
22 Jun 12 butterfly species seen today at Center Parcs Elveden with highlight being a White Letter Hairstreak Center Parcs Elveden   grahamhersey
22 Jun Small skipper in the meadow to the north of Northfield Wood, white-letter hairstreak & first silver-washed fritillary for 2018... 11 species in all! Northfield Wood   Mark Brewster
22 Jun Lots of iWhite Admirals Northfield Wood,   Mark Brewster
22 Jun 1 x Green Hairstreak, 1 x White Admiral, 1 x Silver-studded Blue, 1 x Small Skipper, 2 x Small Heath, 1 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Meadow Brown Westleton Heath   Maria Papworth
22 Jun I have been to Dunwich Woods today and spotted 2 White Admirals  1 Red Admiral, 2 Whites, 1 Comma, 5 Meadow Browns, lots of Speckled Woods and a Skipper. Dunwich Woods   Robert Brown
22 Jun On the Hemley/Kirton Creek circular walk this morning we saw one Purple Hairstreak, one Holly Blue, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Gatekeeper, one Speckled Wood, 2 Small Skippers, numerous Meadow Browns and Whites. Hemley/Kirton Creek TM2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
22 Jun 1 Large White,  2 Meadow Brown Ellough industral estate Beccles TM 4488 Robert Quadling
21 Jun White Admiral 1 seen in Bradfield Woods 1230hrs Bradfield Woods   John Turner
21 Jun Meadow Brown 20+, Marbled White 20+, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 10+, Large White 1, Ringlet 1 Devil’s Dyke (Suffolk end)   Sean Minns
21 Jun Red Admiral 1, Brown Argus 1, Meadow Brown 5 Cavenham RNR   Sean Minns
21 Jun Meadow Brown 10+, Small Skipper 6+, Essex Skipper 4+, Large Skipper 6+, Common Blue 8+, Small Copper 1 Lakenheath Airfield RNR   Sean Minns
21 Jun Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 10+, Small Heath 10+, Large White 1, Ringlet 1 Market Weston Fen SWT   Sean Minns
21 Jun Haughley Roadside Nature Reserve(RNR) Meadow Brown 10+ Haughley   Sean Minns
21 Jun Returned again to find Silver-studded Blue 150+ with many more females seen this time, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown 11 and Large White 1. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jun White Admiral 1, Ringlet 8, Meadow Brown 2, Speckled Wood 40, Large White 1, Large Skipper 2. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jun Couple of ‘firsts’ recorded in Northfield Wood, Onehouse today: my first sighting of white admirals this year & my first sighting of a large skipper there. Ringlets now on the wing, with meadow browns & speckled woods also. Northfield Wood   Mark Brewster
20 Jun It was very warm, a bit windy and intermittent sunshine so expectations were low.  I saw 3 Small Heath, one Large Skipper, 8 Meadow Browns and 5 Ringlets, my first of the season and the first on this area.  Sadly no blues. Adjoining the A14 at Exning TL618646 Twm Wade
20 Jun as well as a number of Meadow Browns and a few Ringlets, I saw 2 White Admirals and 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries. Wolves Wood   Liz Cutting
20 Jun White Admiral RSPB Minsmere    
20 Jun Black hole TL9032  Large Skipper 5, Large White 2, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 35, Ringlet 1. Bures St Mary TL9032 David Walsh
20 Jun Black hole TL9034  Large Skipper 2, Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 1. Bures St Mary TL9034 David Walsh
20 Jun Black hole TL9232 (Suffolk side of Stour appears to be ) Large Skipper 2, Large White 3, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 27. Nayland with Wissington TL9232 David Walsh
20 Jun Large Skipper 8, Purple Hairstreak male (+ another at TL9338), 12+ White Admirals, Small Tortoiseshell (fresh) 1, Comma 1 (Red Admiral at 9338), Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 25, Small Heath 1, Ringlet 9. Assington Thicks TL9237: Martin Peers
20 Jun Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown c50, Small Heath 1, Ringlet 10. Shawlands, Gt Cornard TL890412 Martin Peers
19 Jun path leading to Hazelwood Marshes, 11 Meadow Brown, 7 Smal Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Sml Tortoiseshell & 3 Small White Hazelwood Marshes,   Dave Pearsons
19 Jun Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 4, Common Blue 1 female, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 5 Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
19 Jun Small Heath 5+,  Painted Lady 1 Minsmere   Sean Minns
19 Jun Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown 3, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 1 N Warren   Sean Minns
19 Jun Painted Lady 1 Upper Hollesley Common    Sean Minns
18 Jun Common Blue 1m, Small White 2, Meadow Brown 3, Red Admiral 2 Martlesham   Sean Minns
18 Jun During an afternoon walk in warm sunshine I saw 5 very active Silver-washed Fritillaries. 3 were identified as males. Bradfield Woods TL935575 Ian Dallas
18 Jun The following noted In Kelsale today, mostly in a 4.5 acre species-rich grass field managed for wildlife in Tiggins Lane: Large Skipper 4. Common Blue 2. Brown Argus 1. Painted Lady 1. Speckled Wood 5. Ringlet 4. Meadow Brown c.50 in grass field (plus 2 also entered my conservatory together!) Large White 1. Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell one briefly landed in my garden, and almost immediately flew off before I could check for Scarce Tortoiseshell!  (📷 photos click here) Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
18 Jun Large Skipper 2, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 10   Thelnetham Fen TM0178 David Walsh
18 Jun Small Skipper 3 (my first of 2018), Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral 4, Peacock, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 15 Hinderclay Fen TM0278 David Walsh
18 Jun We visited Bradfield Woods this afternoon and saw our first Silver Washed Fritillary, 5, (📷 photo click here),  White Admiral, 2,  Meadow Brown, 10+, Speckled Wood, 10+ ,Comma 2 , Red Admiral,2, Large Skipper, 2. and both Large and Small white. Bradfield Woods   Margie & David Carter
18 Jun White admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary showing in small numbers today.  (📷 photo click here) bradfield wood   Trevor Goodfellow
18 Jun private estate at Rougham. White admiral x 8, speckled wood x 39, purple hairstreak x 1. Rougham   Trevor Goodfellow
18 Jun This afternoon at Baylham, numerous Meadow Brown's, a female Common Blue, Large Skipper's (2), a Small Heath and a Small Tortoiseshell Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
18 Jun It's not all about pollinators. Select the right larval food plants for your garden and they'll come. All of these found today in my 10x10m garden. Orange-tip Peacock Small White Mullein moth  (📷 photo click here) SW Ipswich   Kevin Ling
17 Jun A brief stroll around Landseer Park at midday in overcast, cool and breezy conditions produced sightings of one Marbled White, 9 Meadow Browns, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White Landseer Park   Bill Plumb
17 Jun First visit to Purdis Heath SSSI since the Megabash. Pleased to see/record a number of Silver-studded Blues & a lone purple hairstreak  (📷 photo click here) Purdis Heath SSSI   Mark Brewster
17 Jun Two White Admiral Bonny wood this afternoon also 20 Speckled wood 3 meadow Brown Bonny wood   Nathaniel Cant
17 Jun First ringlet fresh hatched today in the garden meadow in Thurston (📷 photo click here) . 30+ meadow brown, 4 x common blue, 2 x brown argus, and about 100 x peacock caterpillars. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Jun Saw approximately 20 Silver-studded Blues at Dunwich Heath. Dunwich Heath    Jonathan Dickie
16 Jun A few butterflies from Hollesley Marshes RSPB and Upper Hollesley Common, Silver-studded Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper RSPB Hollesley Marshes   David Carter
16 Jun 177 Meadow Brown, 37 Large Skipper, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Holy Blue, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White,  200 Peacock Caterpillars SWT Carlton Marshes TM 50892 Robert Quadling
16 Jun Lovely morning spent with the Silver-studded Blues at Purdis Heath. c25 seen including this female (📷 photo click here) .  All thanks to amazing conservation work by Suffolk Butterfly Conservation Purdis Heath   Kevin Ling
16 Jun 3 small heath, 4 Common blue, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 speckled wood, this morning North East side of Haverhill, Suffolk Haverhill   Duncan FletcherBrown
16 Jun Quick stroll on the Icknield Way by Thetford Heath; plenty of Meadow Browns and Common Blues with a few Speckled Woods, Ringlets, a Small Heath and a Silver Y moth. Thetford Heath   Mr H
16 Jun Purple Hairstreak  (📷 photo click here) on the Suffolk side this morning, my earliest ever & Suffolk’s first in 2018. . Also a Ringlet at Thelnetham Fen. Redgrave & Lopham Fen   David Walsh
15 Jun Today along the sea wall at Boyton marshes were:- 1 Painted Lady, 8 Meadow Browns, 6 Small Heaths, 2 Common Blues, 1 Small/Essex Skipper and a colony of Peacock caterpillars. . Boyton marshes TM 3947 Bob Turner.
15 Jun At Blaxhall Common about 200 Silver Studded Blues. Mostly males but a few mating pairs also. 2 Small Heaths. Blaxhall Common TM 3856. Bob Turner.
15 Jun Westleton Heath  - Silver-studded Blues 20+ Male 3+ Meadow Brown Westleton Common - Silver-studded Blues 100+ Male 2 female (including 20+ roosting on one carex sp.) 10+ Small Heath Westleton   Sean Minns
15 Jun 5+ Small Heath 2 Meadow Brown N Warren -   Sean Minns
15 Jun Hornet Moth found on a Willow at Thetford today  (📷 photo click here) Thetford   Scott Mayson
15 Jun  Hedge next to track: Meadow Brown. First sighting this year Small Skippet   Somerleyton TM4897 Sue Cox
15 Jun Small area of woodland: Speckled Wood. First I've seen here this year.   Somerleyton Brick Kilns: 3 Meadow Browns   Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
15 Jun There were Silver-studded Blues 100+ ( mainly m but several f) on the Common today plus Small Heath 6 and Meadow Brown 1 Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
14 Jun My first Male Small Skipper of the year (📷 photo click here) . Also 2 Common Blue and 6 Meadow Brown. Murray Park, Ipswich TM 184 431 Matt Garnham
14 Jun Small Tortoiseshell 3, 1 in garden and 2 released from carport although the chrysalis I am watching still has a few days to go SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
14 Jun  Windier and cloudier we walked in Kenton Hills near Sizewell, some single Speckled Woods and then, at the top of the hill above the path 9 Speckled Woods twirling together in as many as 5 and then apart and in pairs, we watched in delight for ages. 13 in all plus a Green-veined White    Kenton Hills TM458640 Geraldine Smith
14 Jun  I encountered a small heath butterfly at pipers vale in Ipswich.  pipers vale   Daniel Cable-Davey
13 Jun Somerleyton Station platform flowerbeds  My first  Small Skipper sighting this year Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
13 Jun I encountered my very first Ringlet butterfly of the year braziers meadow   Daniel Cable-Davey
13 Jun I walked on the footpath around the field edge: 2 single male Meadow Browns in the sunshine Framlingham  TM2863 Geraldine Smith
13 Jun Highlight of today’s local walk in & around Belstead Brook Park was finding 30 Bee Orchids in a dry area by the A14. Ringlet was my 17th local butterfly of 2018, Common Blue, Damselfly/Black-tailed Skimmer the 9th/10th dragonflies. A fine Large Skipper was v obliging  (📷 photo click here) Belstead Brook Park   David Walsh
13 Jun Common Blue 10 in the planting by the sea wall alongside the childrens' playground near Manor Terrace Felixstowe TM292328 Richard Perryman
13 Jun 1 June - 1 holly blue 2 June - 1 holly blue, 1 female brimstone, 1 speckled wood, 1 small white 3 June - 1 large white, 1 speckled wood, 1 holly blue 8 June - 1 holly blue 10 June - 1 holly blue 11 June - 1 holly blue 13 June - 1 holly blue   IP3 9LB Karen Child
13 Jun Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 3, Small White 1, Large Skipper 1, Common Blue 14, Meadow Brown 19, Ringlet 1 Belstead Brook Park/Wherstead TM1440 David Walsh
12 Jun my first Small Skipper butterfly Ravenswood Ipswich braziers meadow   Daniel Cable-Davey
12 Jun My first Meadow Brown & a Small Heath. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
12 Jun I didn’t count them, but I would guess around 100 Peacock caterpillars on a patch of nettles (📷 photos click here) Rushmere Heath   Gemma Irwin
11 Jun White Admiral  (📷 photo click here) RSPB Flatford Mill  
Julia Smith 
11 Jun 55 Small Heath, 12 Common Blue, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Small White, also on the south end of the Icky Ridge 3 Green Hairstreak, 1 Speckled Wood opposite the Customs House Landguard Butts TM2832 Will Brame
11 Jun Somerleyton station platform flowerbeds 1 Wall Brown, 1 Large Skipper male, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Painted Ladies, 1 Large White male Somerleyton station TM4796 Sue Cox
11 Jun 2 new firsts of the year for my garden: Painted Lady and Brown Argus Flixton TM511961 Richard Martin
11 Jun Late Green Hairstreak news, single sighting Gunton Meadow   James Wright
10 Jun Late Green Hairstreak news, single sighting Gunton Warren   James Wright
10 Jun Nice butterfly walk around Trimley villages this afternoon. Not many species but some nice counts: 50+ Holly Blue, 6 Painted Lady, 8 Red Admiral + 12 Black-tailed Skimmers. Trimley TM2836 Bill Stone - Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
10 Jun Silver-studded Blue Purdis Heath, Ipswich today.  (📷 photo click hereIf going please stick to the main tracks as there is a schedule 1 species breeding there Purdis Heath TM2142 Steve Babbs
10 Jun The bird’s-foot trefoil is doing very well this year in the cemetery at Bury St Edmunds, so I took advantage of the sunshine 10 June, to find at least 4 male Common Blues, and saw my first Meadow Browns too. . Bury St Edmunds TL8463 Rob Parker
10 Jun A cool early morning walk in Belstead today still yielded a couple of gems. Common Blue, Orange-underwing Belstead TM1342 Kev Ling
10 Jun 3 Painted Lady, 6 Green Hairstreak, 52 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper, 24 Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
9 Jun 27 Large Skipper,  16 Meadow Brown,  8 Red Admiral,  2 Speckled Wood,  1 Peacock,  1 Painted Lady ,  1  Wall Brown ( Male)  (📷 photo click here of Red Admiral ab. bialbata- white spot in red band on forewing ) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling 
9 Jun Our first Large Skipper in Suffolk this year - White Horse Marsh near . Also Nemophora moths (I think).   (📷 photos click here) Cattawade TM0933 Alex Rafinski
9 Jun I confess I didn’t really count them but would guess at least 50 Silver-studded Blues south of the road at Blaxhall Heath in a relatively small area, including this mating pair  (📷 photo click here) Blaxhall Heath TM3856 Liz Cutting
8 Jun Somerleyton Station Platform flowerbeds  two Painted Ladies on Bowles Mauve.   Somerleyton Station TM4796

Sue Cox

8 Jun First Meadow Brown of the year Belstead Meadows TM129419 Jo Ling
8 Jun Returned home from work to find two Painted Lady and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden. Nice end to a busy week! Trimley TM2836 Bill Stone - Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
8 Jun Found 8 scattered Silver-studded Blues, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Heaths plus a Cinnabar moth and, a first for me, a Clouded Buff Moth. (📷 photos click here) Westleton Heath TM465700 Geraldine Smith
7 Jun Somerleyton Station Platform flowerbeds - Painted Lady. First sighting of year. On Bowles Mauve Wallflowers. Nectaring for at least 20 minutes Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
7 Jun 1 Painted Lady, 15 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue. Felixstowe Ferry TM3237 Will Brame
7 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 7 Common Blue, 4 Small White Kingsfleet TM3138 Will Brame
7 Jun About 20 Silver-studded Blues north of road and one on south side today, all males. Also one Small Copper and 2 Small Heaths. Blaxhall heath TM3856 Bob Turner
6 Jun 1 Painted Lady, 32 Small Heath, 45 Common Blue, Small White 9, Large White 3, Cinnabar Moth 2, Mother Shipton 1, Landguard Butts TM2832 Will Brame
6 Jun Today (10am) I walked the whole line from station to the wooded middle area and up the hill on what was once the track bed, a distance of about 1 kilometre. 2 Large Skippers, 2 Orange Tips, a Common Blue and 2 Speckled Woods. Not many but pleasing to see nevertheless especially as there were 9 Bee Orchids along my way!   Brockford railway line  TM129659 Geraldine Smith
6 Jun My first specked wood of the year Oulton Maeshes TM509936 Richard Martin
6 Jun Small Heath 8, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 6, Common Blue (f) 2, Speckled Wood 2, Red Admiral 1 plus Cinnabar 8 and Silver Y Moth 3. Minsmere TM4666 David and Lilian Pitt
6 Jun Saw Silver-studded Blues 30+ including a pair mating (📷 photo click here)! Also Small Heath 8. Westleton Common TM4468 David and Lilian Pitt
6 Jun First sighting of the year - Silver-studded Blue today Lower Hollesley Common TM363466 Jon Levine
  Large Skipper – 1 on June 5th (my first of the year) Small Copper – 1 on June 5th (my only local sighting so far this year) Meadow Brown – 4 on June 6th (my first of the year) Common Blue – 7 - on June 6th (my first of the year) Brown Argus – 1 on June 6th (only my second ever local sighting) Brimstone – 1 on June 6th (a relatively late record?)   Moths – both Mother Shipton and Cinnabar seen on June 6th Belstead TM1440 David Walsh
5 Jun Orange Tip 1 male Bredfield   Sean MInns
5 Jun Encountered today my first  meadow brown butterfly of the year.  Over the last two weeks I have encountered ten male common blue butterflies, two large skippers, ten brown argos, three small coppers, twenty holly blues, ten small whites and twenty both male and female brimstones. Private land near the Orwell park.  near the Orwell park TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey
5 Jun Just finished a quick stroll in Kiln Meadow, Belstead Brook Park.  Once the sun came through it produced my first Large Skipper of the year as well as my first local Small Copper and Emperor Dragonfly Kiln Meadow TM1441 David Walsh
3 Jun Small Heath 6, Small Copper 1, Holly Blue 2, White sp. 2, Painted Lady 1 Landguard - TM2831 SEan MInns
3 Jun Small White, Brown Argus, Common Blue 4 males, Small Heath 2, Meadow Brown 2. Botesdale TM0475 Martin Peers
3 Jun Small White 2, Green-veined White, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 4 males, Small Heath 4, Speckled Wood 3. Botesdale TM0575 Martin Peers
3 Jun Common Blue Brackenbury Cliff TM3188935462 Mark Nowers
3 Jun During my walk at East Lane, Bawdsey today, 3 June, I spotted 12 male common blues, 2 female common blues, (📷 photo click here)  2 small heaths and 3 white butterflies. East Lane TM3540 Robert Brown
3 Jun 8 Brown Argus,  7 Wall Brown ( 4 Male / 3 Female ) 6 Common Blue,  5 Holly Blue,  4 Red Admiral,  3 Large White,  2 Peacock,  2 Small White,  1 Orange Tip,  1 Green-veined White,  1 Speckled Wood,  1 Meadow Brown SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
3 Jun Common Blue are on the wing. 4 seen Belstead Meadows TM132414 Kev Ling
3 Jun First Large Skipper of the year +1 Brimstone Bourne Park TM1514190 Kev Ling
3 Jun First two Meadow Browns  (📷 photo click here) in the garden today joining large skipper x 2, brown argus x 3, common blue x 3. Thurston TL9264 Trevor Goodfellow
3 Jun This morning; 19 Common Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 1 male Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 1 Dingy Skipper (📷 photo click here)  This must be the year's most unusual sighting, somebody must be carrying out an unauthorised release.  The nearest colony is in Theford Forest and they cannot fly that far. Pipers Vale TM1741 Richard Wall
2 Jun 36 Common Blue (at least), 24 Small Heath (at least), 10 Small White, 5 Green Veined White, 3 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady (📷 photo click here) Landguard TM2831 Richard Wall
2 Jun We were surprised to see a Swallowtail butterfly in our garden yesterday, 2nd June 2018. We have seen them in the past on various occasions whilst on holiday in Portugal but never back home. Thought you might be interested.  Migrant a possibility but probably captive bred. N Ipswich TM1646 Roger Day
2 Jun One male Brimstone and one Holly Blue in our Kesgrave garden today Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Jun Nice to see my first Suffolk “golden skipper” of the year today in the form of Large Skipper at Levington Creek. Also Painted Lady. Levington Creek TM2338 Bill Stone
2 Jun First large skipper in the garden today (📷 photo click here) Thurston TL9464 Trevor Goodfellow
1 Jun Six-spot burnet cocoon.   (📷 photo click here) Thurston TL9264 Trevor Goodfellow
1 Jun Micro moth Commophila aeneana x 6   (📷 photo click here) and brown argus, common blue, speckled wood, mother Shipton, burnet companion, silver Y, straw dot, small and large white. swt blackbourn valley TL9464 Trevor Goodfellow
1 Jun My first painted lady of the year (off Church Walk, Onehouse Onehouse TM0259 Mark Brewster
1 Jun Painted Lady  Stutton TM149335 Mark Nowers
1 Jun Skylark/Wildflower Field at East End (East Bergholt) this morning in warm but overcast conditions: 7 Small Heaths, 5 Common Blues, 1 Painted Lady, 7 Burnet Companions, 2 Mother Shiptons, 1 Silver Y, 2 Latticed Heaths. East Bergholt TM0934 Liz Cutting
31 May From last years posting:on 29th May. "The Buddleia alternifolia worked its magic again and was rarely without an attendant: Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell or Painted lady (with 3PL at one time)"   This year on 31 May it is in full flower but unattended.  All we had in the garden were two Brimstones and a small white. In the fields there were 2 Common blues and an Brown Argos. Theberton TM4356 Andrew Leng
31 May 2 female Yellow-legged Clearwing observed on and around a rotting oak stump, possibly ovipositing.  (📷 photos click here) Pipers Vale LNR TM1741 Sam Chamberlin, Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
31 May Several speckled wood at cavenham Heath this morning Cavenham Heath TL7672 barry woodhouse
  17 May - IP5 1WE 1 holly blue, 1 large white, 1 small white 18 May - 1 holly blue 19 May - 1 holly blue, 1 large white 20 May - 2 large white, 1 holly blue 20 May - Landseer Park IP3 3 brimstone, 2 large white, 2 small white, 2 holly blue, 1 orange tip, 1 speckled wood, 1 green veined white 22 May - 1 large white, 1 holly blue 23 May - 1 holly blue 24 May - 1 holly blue 26 May - 2 holly blue 1 large white, 1 speckled wood, 1 small white 27 May - 1 holly blue 28 May - 1 holly blue, cinnabar moth, 1 large white, 1 small white, 2 orange tip 29 May - 1 holly blue   IP3 9LB Karen Child
29 May This Painted Lady, (📷 photo click here), was sheltering from the wind in our garden in Stowmarket Stowmarket TM038584 Margie & David Carter
29 May 28 Holly Blue 14 Speckled Wood 17 Small White 1 Common Blue Peewit Hill TM2834 Will Brame
29 May 4 Speckled Wood 3 Large White Loompit TM2537 Will Brame
29 May 5 Common Blue 1 Brown Argus Levington Marina TM2438 Will Brame
28 May Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly Blue.  Also Alabonia Geoffrella a micromoth you can really appreciate only in a photo (📷 photo click here) RSPB Wolves Wood TM0543 Richard Perryman
28 May Common Blue 85, Green Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 5, Small Heath 19, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1, Small White, Large White, and Green-veined White, Brown Argus 2 Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
28 May 2 painted lady, 1 speckled wood, 1 Red admiral at Thorpeness ocp this morning. Thorpeness TM4659 Scott Mayson
28 May Very good numbers of Holly Blue butterflies around the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens today, mostly settling on the Euonymus shrubs...and some egg-laying on the flower buds (📷 photos click here) Felixstowe Seafront Gardens TM3034 Charles Cuthbert
28 May Mating pair of Wall Browns at Carlton Marshes SWT  (📷 photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Ed Hutchings
28 May On the Stour Valley Path this afternoon near to Dazeley's Lane a solitary Small Heath and Peacock. Stour Valley Path TM090334 Paul Gilson
28 May North Cove / Castle Marsh : 1 Wall Brown just left of where path joins river North Cove / Castle Marsh TM4791 Chris Mutimer
28 May Seen a few Small Copper today  (📷 photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Robert Quadling
28 May Saw a pair of Walls mating (📷 photo click here) in Somerleyton Churchyard! Saw 4 Walls in total plus 2 Small Copper, I Red Admiral and 2 Large and 2 Small White.  Also saw 2 Walls at Somerleyton Station.  (📷 photo click here) Somerleyton TM4896 David and Lilian Pitt
27 May I saw 2 Small coppers, large white and Broad-bordered bee hawk moth. While looking at Military Orchids. Rex Graham Reserve TL 737 746 Matt Garnham
27 May I saw Large White, Small White and a female Large Skipper  (📷 photo click here) Mildenhall Woods TL 735 743 Matt Garnham
27 May Wall Browns seen North end of Cove Dam Track Just west of North Cove Reserve  TM 466910  and  2 Wall Browns along river wall path between Cove Staithe and Six Mile Corner  TM 468912              SWT Carlton Marshes TM4691 Peter Norfolk
27 May While walking through Spouse's Vale NR this morning, I saw the following butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip male, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue male, Small Heath 3, Speckled Wood 3. Spouse's Vale NR 939358 Martin Peers
27 May I also saw a Small Heath near Bures Bures 915335 Martin Peers
27 May This afternoon, in the Sudbury green cemetery, I saw a Large White, 2 male Common Blues and 2 Red Admirals. Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
27 May Green Hairstreak,   (📷 photo click here) SWT Gunton Warren TM5495 Robert Quadling
27 May Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Common Blue,  (📷 photos click here) Corton Woods TM5496 Robert Quadling
27 May 4 Wall Brown SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922  
27 May At least four Wall butterflies along Angles Way at Camps Heath Marshes this afternoon. Camps Heath Marshes TM5094 Andrew Easton
27 May Wall Brown today at 1200 Waddling Lane Flixton TM502960 Richard Martin
26 May Grabbed an hour at @suffolkwildlife Black Bourn Valley this afternoon. Dragonflies and damselflies; yellowhammers; and brimstone, peacock, speckled wood, orange tip and this green-veined white on ox-eye daisies  (📷 photo click here) Black Bourn Valley Tl9369 Mark Brewster
26 May 2 Red Admirals, migrants ?, this morning Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
26 May 11 Peacock,   10 Wall Brown ( 3 Female and 7 Male),   9 Large White,   7 Green-veined White,   4 Holly Blue,   4 Red Admiral,   4 Small White,   1 Brimstone (Female)   1 Common Blue,   1 Speckled Wood. (📷 photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
26 May 8 Wall butterflies at Carlton Marshes this morning (4 along river wall and 4 along Whitecast Marsh wall)  (📷 photo click here) . Also finally a Norfolk Hawker on the wing SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Andrew Easton
26 May Red Admiral looking freshly emerged on Bowles Mauve SW Ipswich TM1342 Richard Perryman
26 May At least 5 Green Hairstreak in bushes outside East Hide at Minsmere at 2pm today @ RSPB Minsmere TM4666 Alex Rafinski
25 May Peewit Hill still 16 Holly Blues 3 Speckled Woods + Large and Small Whites in warm but dull conditions Peewit Hill TM2834 Will Brame
25 May 8 Wall Brown butterflies seen at Carlton marshes this afternoon while the sun was out, (📷 photos click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Gavin Durrant
24 May 4 large whites 2 small whites 3 holy blues 3 peacocks 3 Walls 2 small tortoise shells seen between 11am and 1.30 pm SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Stephem Scogings
24 May Went looking for Dingy Skippers at Center Parcs Elveden today.  We found 2 on the opposite mound to where they used to be found.  The first for at least 3 years. Center Parcs Elveden TL8080 Graham Hersey
24 May 6 more sightings of Wall Brown Butterflies today around the site please let us know when and where you see these on the reserve (📷 photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 SWT Broads Warden
23 May Green Hairstreak still showing well at Martlesham Common Nature Reserve today Martlesham TM247461 Kevin Ling
23 May 'Black hole' - Thrilled to find 2 pairs of Spotted Flycatchers (1 Great Waldingfield, 1 Edwardstone) whilst looking for butterflies in tetrad TL9242.  My first Common Blue of 2018, also Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Orange Tip, Holly Blue & Peacock (+ Common Blue Damselflies). Great Waldingfield TL9242 David Walsh
23 May 'Black hole' - My second black hole tetrad of the day was TL9240. Very few butterflies seen, but eventually found Large and Small Whites, Orange Tip and Holly Blue. Also Azure and Large Red Damselflies Newton TL9240 David Walsh
23 May Suffolk Branch Butterfly Conservation EventSuper day in the Suffolk Brecks surveying for Dingy Skipper. Total of 75 seen in eastern area of Kings Forest.  Good numbers of pristine Common Blue and Brown Argus seen too along with 12 other Sp. Kings Forest   Bill Stone - Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
22 May In garden 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Brimstone, Orange Tips, 1 Large White, Holly Blues, In field 1 Brown Argus.  Theberton TM4365 Andrew Leng
22 May Found two Brown Argus close to Belstead Brook Park today, in the dry area south of the railway near Chapman's Grove. My first ever sightings of this species when walking from home. Thanks to Kev Ling for the info. Very few other butterflies on the wing Belstead Brook Park TM150409 and TM152410 David Walsh
22 May 2 Wall Brown at Carlton Marshes this morning SWT Carlton Marshes TM507922 Richard Martin
22 May Large White 2, Small White 50+, Green-veined White 8, Orange Tip 5 (1 female), Brown Argus 1, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath 1. WALDINGFIELD AIRFIELD TL890434 Martin Peers
22 May Small White, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 2, Brown Argus 8, Common Blue 3 males, Holly Blue male, Small Heath 4. HENNEY FIELD, SUDBURY TL887425 Martin Peers
22 May 1 Wall Brown sighting SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Chris Mutimer via Robert Quadling
21 May In a 10 minute stroll along part of the river wall at Carlton Marshes at around 10.30 on May 21st as it started to get warm a Wall was basking in the sunshine (📷 photo click here).  The only other butterflies seen were 4 Peacocks and a Green-veined White. SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Bill Plumb
21 May Wall seen just now 4:32 pm Waddling Lane Somerleyton TM484966 Richard Martin
20 May Visited Black Bourne Nature Reserve after reading feature in latest magazine.  Seven species of butterfly recorded: brimstone, large white, comma, peacock, orange tip, red admiral & speckled wood SWT Blackbourne TL9268 Mark Brewster
20 May 'Black hole' - Visited tetrad TM2886 (Homersfield) on the way home from Strumpshaw, and found Large, Small & Green-veined Whites, Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Peacock & Comma.  Also 7 species of dragonfly inc my 1st Black-tailed Skimmer of 2018 and, best of all, a purring Turtle Dove! Homersfield TM2886 David Walsh
20 May During my walk round Newbourne Springs and a field close by I spotted: 1 x red admiral, 2 peacocks, small tortoiseshell, 5 holly blues, 6 small coppers, 8 brown argus, including a mating pair (📷 photo click here), 8 male orange tips, 10 whites, 2 common blues and 6 speckled woods.  Newbourne Springs TM2642 Robert Brown
20 May Cracking day in Suffolk surveying MOD land for butterflies. Fifteen species recorded including my first Common Blue and Brown Argus.  Target species was Dingy Skipper and this was found in healthy numbers King's Forest   Bill Stone
19 May Large White; Green-veined White 2; Holly Blue 6; Red Admiral; Speckled Wood SUDBURY GREEN CEMETERY TL8841 Martin Peers
19 May A trip to North Warren to get these wonderful Green Hairstreaks  (📷 photo click here) North Warren TM4458 Gavin Durrant
19 May Caught up with Green Hairstreak, Hairy Dragonfly and B.B. Chaser at #BelsteadBrookPark today. Plus the Cettis was still singing. Well behaved OrangeTip (📷 photo click here) was my highlight though Belstead Brook Park TM1341 Ian
19 May During my afternoon walk round Landguard, Felixstowe on 19 May 2018, I spotted approximately 12 whites, 5 green hairstreaks, common blue , small copper, brown argus  (📷 photos click here)  and a specked wood. Landguard TM2831 Robert Brown
19 May Orange-tip m2 f1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Belstead Meadows TM1241 Richard Perryman
19 May Today at North Warren 4 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Small Heath, 4 Small Coppers, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips, 3 Peacocks and several Green veined Whites. North Warren TM4559 Bob Turner and George Brown
19 May At Snape Warren 7 Small Heaths and at least 10 Green Hairstreaks, all but 1 on Elder. I have not seen Green Hairstreaks here for years, possibly because I have not searched Elder before Snape Warren TM 4057 Bob Turner and George Brown
19 May 6 Holly Blues, 3 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Coppers, 3 Large White, 7 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Small Heath, 2 Azure Damselfly, 3 Large Red Damselfly Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
19 May Busy day in the Suffolk Brecks searching for Dingy Skipper. Pleasing to find Dingy Skipper in new areas along eastern edge of Kings Forest. Lots of pristine Small Heath and Small Copper too. Kings Forest TL8474 Bill Stone
19 May 20 Peacock,  10 Green-veined White,  4 Red Admiral,  3 Orange Tip,  2 Holly Blue,  2 Large White,  2 Small Tortoiseshell,  2 Small White,  1 Speckled Wood.                       SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
19 May First Brown Argus of the year and first time sighting in this area Chapman' Grove, Ipswich TM150410 Kev Ling
18 May Brimstone male + female; Large White; Small White; Green-veined White 10+; Orange Tip male + female; Peacock 6; Small Tortoiseshell LAKENHEATH RSPB   Martin Peers
17 May An hour spent along Chalk Lane, Kings Forest on Thursday afternoon produced 1 Dingy Skipper, (photo click here), 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper, 1 Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, Peacock and several Orange Tips. Chalk Lane, Kings Forest TL8275 Margie & David Carter
17 May Brimstone 8, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip m10 f1, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Copper 1, Holly Blue 2, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 2 Alton Water TM1436 Richard Perryman
17 May Small Copper observed nectaring on meadow buttercup (photo click here) . Brimstone, Peacock, Orange-tip, Brown Argus, Large and Small White, Holly Blue also noted on site.   Dragonflies seen today include Hairy and Four-spotted Chaser.  Chantry Park County Wildlife Site TM1343 Sam Chamberlin  Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
17 May Brown Argus today in Clopton  (photo click here) Clopton TM232539 David Basham
15 May 3 Green Hairstreaks Walberswick TM648735275082 Barry Shaw
15 May Small Copper Walberswick TM648213275410 Barry Shaw
15 May A few minutes spent by Southwold sewage works on May 15th produced singles of Green Hairstreak and Large White, 5 Green-veined White, 6 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Holly Blue and 2 Red Admirals.   (photo click here) Southwold sewage works TM499765 Bill Plumb
15 May 4 Green Hairstreaks and several Orange Tips at Westleton Heath. Westleton Heath. TM4468 Bill Plumb
15 May Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip m3 f1, Holly Blue 5 Kyson Point TM2646 Richard Perryman
  8 May - 1 Holly Blue,1 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood
9 May - 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue
10 May - 2 Holly Blue
11 May - 1 Small White
12 May - 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Orange Tip
15 May - 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Holly Blue
SE Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
15 May 4 Small Heath , (photo click here), on Whin Hill at Minsmere today and at least 5 Green Hairstreak near the East Hide. RSPB Minsmere TM4666 Margie & David Carter
15 May Common Blue (my first of the year) Hengrave TL8268 Rob Parker
15 May Small Heath Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
15 May Red Admiral Lowestoft TM5225391428 Antony Wren
15 May Small Copper, Small Heath, Orange tip, Small and Large White, Green veined White, and one Dingy Skipper. (photo click here)  Small whites and orange tips mating.  Chalk Lane, King's Forest TL832753 Trevor Goodfellow
15 May Having spent the morning at Devil's Dyke for Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak, I decided that today would be a good day to visit Shawlands and I wasn't disappointed: Brimstone 3 (2m), Large White, Small White, Green-veined White 5, Orange Tip 5 (4males), Holly Blue 2 (males), Peacock, Speckled Wood. Great Cornard  TL889413 Martin Peers
12 May 25 Peacock,  17 Small Tortoiseshell,  13 Green-veined White,  8 Orange Tip,  5 Holly Blue,  4 Speckled Wood,  4 Small White,  2 Large White SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert  Quadling
11 May 2 Green Hairstreaks  observed in flight maintaining territories.   (photo click here) Pipers Vale LNR TM1741 Sam Chamberlin, Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
11 May 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Holly Blue, 15 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 1 Orange Tip Felixstowe Ferry TM3236 Will Brame
10 May 1 Wall Brown  (photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM4945492963 Matt Gooch
9 May I was pleased to find this Painted Lady butterfly - my first of the year - at RSPB North Warren today but when resting on the ground with wings closed it almost completely vanished!   (photo click here)  Small Copper and Speckled Wood butterflies also out today at RSPB North Warren, Suffolk, including these two - friends or rivals?   (photo click here) RSPB North Warren TM4458 Charles Cuthbert
9 May Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell (2), and worn Painted Lady.   (photo click here) Brakey Wood TM1876 Bill Plumb
9 May 1 Holly Blue at 10.05am and 1 Small White, 2 Large White, 3 (male) Orange Tip, between 12.30pm -1pm Ellough Industrail Estate, Beccles TM4488 Robert Quadling
9 May My first comma of the year  Flixton TM511961 Richard Martin
9 May Photographed first holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) of 2018 at Kiln Meadow, Ipswich this morning (photo click here). Peacock, brimstone and speckled wood also seen Kiln Meadow TM1441 Mark Brewster
9 May 34 Green-veined White, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Small Copper, 1 Orange tip, 3 Large White.  3+ Latticed Heath.  10+ Large red Damselfly.   4 Whimbrel 14 "tundrae" Ringed Plovers 9 Dunlin 2 Little Egret 4 Hobby 16 Buzzards 7 Yellow Wagtails 4 Marsh Harriers 1 Sparrow Hawk Felixstowe ferry TM3236 Will Brame
9 May Full list of species seen in the tetrad : Dingy Skipper, just 1 seen along ride 204 c250m east of the Archery office, Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath.  Total 13 species King’s Forest TL8272 David Walsh
9 May We briefly visited tetrad near Griffin’s Covert and saw Brimstone, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Speckled Wood King’s Forest TL8472 David Walsh
9 May Along Chalk Lane tetrad  we noted Brimstone, Large and Green-veined Whites, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood King’s Forest TL8274 David Walsh
9 May Small Coppers – 2 seen: TL830733 (west of Wordwell track) and TL829751 (Chalk Lane) King’s Forest TL8373 TL8275 David Walsh
9 May Small Heath – 1, along ride 204 at intersection with ride 211, King’s Forest TL836734 David Walsh
9 May Painted Lady – 1 along the Wordwell ride King’s Forest TL833730 David Walsh
8 May 'Black hole'  - Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock (also Large Red and Azure Damselflies) Hadleigh/Aldham TM 0244 David Walsh
8 May Green-veined White, Orange Tip Kersey/Hadleigh TM 0044 David Walsh
8 May 'Black hole'   Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood (plus 3 singing Nightingales, one in TM0040, two in TM0140) Layham TM 0040 David Walsh
8 May Green-veined White, Orange Tip Layham TM0038 David Walsh
8 May Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip Boxford TM9638 David Walsh
8 May 'Black hole'   Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock Boxford TM9438 David Walsh
8 May More Green Hairstreak sightings. This time at Martlesham Common. So close they were taken on my mobile phone  (photo click here) Martlesham Common TM2446 Kev Ling
8 May A brief lunchtime walk produced 3 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Small Copper (first of the year), 1 Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 1 Green Veined White, 1 Peacock. Martlesham Common Nature Reserve TM247461 Kev Ling
8 May Our first ever Commas (2) in the garden today plus two Holly Blues. Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
7 May female Brimstone in my Ipswich garden inspecting and appearing to lay eggs on an alder buckthorn planted last autumn; a result!  Also a female Orange Tip appearing to lay eggs on Honesty  (photo click here) Ipswich Bill Plumb
7 May 3 Green Hairstreaks Purdis Heath TM2142 Steve Babbs
7 May First Small Copper of the year (Lycaena phlaeas) at Cavenham Heath today. Also saw a Brimstone, several Orange-tips, and a Holly Blue close to the river Cavenham Heath TL7669 Mark Brewster
7 May Suffolk Branch Butterfly Conservation Event -  Enjoyed the Green Hairstreaks and other butterflies at todays  event at Spring Wood  (photo click here)    Click here for a selection of photos from the event taken by and copyright of Paul Harrison Spring Wood, Ipswich TM1441 Kev Ling
7 May Nice day out helping BC Suffolk in Ipswich. First Green Hairstreak of the year and a Whitethroat too!  Green-veined White & Speckled Wood (photo click here) Spring Wood, Ipswich TM1441 Mr H
7 May Lovely evening walk around Oulton Marshes good evening for butterfly counted 62 Small Tortoiseshell,, 24 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White & 1 Comma Oulton Marshes TM5092 Lindsey - B.O.B
7 May A few Orange-tips around my Woodbridge garden this afternoon along with many Holly Blues Woodbridge TM2648 Eddie Bathgate
7 May Chalk lane north stow. Up to twenty Green Hairstreaks  (photo click here) , large white, small white, green-veined white, speckled wood, orange tip, peacock, comma, brimstone and one small copper. No sign of dingies.  Chalk lane north stow TL8275 Trevor Goodfellow
7 May A still and clear morning, as it warmed Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue Butterflies were seen on the Lilac near the Observatory Landguard Observatory TM2831  
7 May Very worn Painted Lady Upper Hollesley Common TM3347 Steve Babbs
  1 May - 1 Small White 
3 May - 1 small White, 1 Holly Blue
4 May - 2 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood
5 May - 1 Holly Blue, 3 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood
6 May -  1 Small White, 1 Orange tip, 1 Large White
7 May - 4 Large White, 1 Holly Blue
SE Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
6 May Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock (not a black hole, but I passed through this one so noted what I saw)   Stoke Ash TM1270 David Walsh
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6 May 'Black hole'  -(best site Eye Cemetery) Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue Braiseworth/Eye TM1272 David Walsh
6 May 'Black hole'  -Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood   Eye/Hoxne TM1674 David Walsh
6 May 'Black hole'  -(best site close to the River Dove) Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock (also 10+ Large Red Damseflies)   Brome & Oakley/Hoxne TM1676 David Walsh
6 May 'Black hole'  -(alongside River Waveney) Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock   Brome & Oakley TM1678 David Walsh
6 May Green-veined White, Orange Tip (not a black hole, but I passed through this one so noted what I saw)   Syleham TM2078 David Walsh
6 May 'Black hole'  -Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Speckled Wood   Syleham TM2278 David Walsh
6 May 'Black hole'  -Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood Weybread TM2280 David Walsh
6 May Comma (Polygonia c-album) in Northfield Wood, near Stowmarket, Suffolk this morning. Speckled woods and orange tips on the wing too Northfield Wood TM0260 Mark Brewster
6 May Just a single Dingy Skipper seen today in Wordwell section of Kings Forest at TL828730, close to Nightingale Lodge.  Little else new seen, several Green Hairstreak along Chalk Lane. No Common Blue, Small Copper or Heath. Kings Forest, Wordwell TL828730 Bill Stone
6 May My first garden Holly Blue and Orange-tip of the year (Wife saw OT yesterday in the garden) Flixton TM511961 Richard Martin
6 May Ditchingham Grove, Rushmere St Andrew IP5 1NE 6 May - 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood Rushmere St Andrew TM205446 Karen Child
5 May Brimstone m, Orange-tip 1m 1f, Holly Blue 5, Comma, Speckled Wood 2 NE Ipswich TM1945 Pippa Hall
5 May Encountered my very first Green Hairstreak butterflies of the year a pair of males in an aerial fighting ball as well as two male Brimstones and one male Green-veined Whit butterfly. Private land near Orwell country park. TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey.
5 May 1 Green veined white, 5 orange tip 2 Male 3 female, 1 brimstone, 2 Small Heath, 2 large white Cavenham Heath TL7669 barry woodhouse
5 May 'Black hole' tetrad TM2052 -  I had a quick look at TM2052 but only had Peacock, Green Veined White and lots of Orange-tips near Grundisburgh TM2052 Steve Babbs
5 May Small White 23, Large White 5, Green Veined White 1, Brimstone 2 males, Orange-tip 4, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 12. 3 singing Nightingales late morning Fagbury Cliff TM2734 Will Brame
5 May Small White 9, Green Veined White 7, Peacock 1 Landguard on the Butts TM2832 Will Brame
5 May 6 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip (m), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Green Veined White Rushmere St Andrew TM202466 Kev Ling
5 May 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Green Veined White Braky Wood, Ipswich TM152414 Kev Ling
5 May 1 Orange Tip (m) and two eggs found on Garlic Mustard, 1 Brimstone, 2 Green Veined White Bobbits Lane, Ipswich TM147414 Kev Ling
5 May 68 Green-veined White, 75 Peacock, 45 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Holy Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Large White. SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
5 May A decent selection of butterflies this morning on Cavenham Heath including 1 Small Copper, 3 Green Hairstreaks, (photos click here), 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and several, Orange Tip, Peacock Green-veined White Cavenham Heath TL7669 Margie & David Carter 
5 May Productive and enjoyable afternoon in Belstead Brook Park. Thanks @Kevla7270 for showing me Orange Tip eggs on Hedge Mustard. 1st Garden Warbler singing. 2 Green Hairstreaks on Broom, also 3 Holly Blue and 3 Brimstone, Belstead Brook Park TM1541 David Walsh
5 May Another Holly Blue Nun Square Bury St Edmunds TL8563 barry woodhouse
4 May 11+ Orange Tip, 3 Peacock, 4 Green-veined White +1 Small White & 1 Comma Fynn Valley, Playford area TM2147 Dave Pearsons
4 May Saw 3 Holly Blues, female Orange tip, Speckled Wood at Grove primary school woods Lowestoft this morning, Lowestoft TM5190 Lindsey - B.O.B
4 May Followed by a Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell at Westwood primary woods Lowestoft this afternoon Lowestoft TM5291 Lindsey - B.O.B
4 May Green-veined White 7, Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 Landguard TM2832 Will Brame
4 May Holly Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell ,2 Speckled Wood 20, Small White 13, Large White 2, Orange tip 2, Comma 2, Green Hairstreak 1, Brimstone 1 male, Peacock 1, Green-veined White 2, Peewit Hill TM2834 Will Brame
4 May Large White 2, Comma 1, Orange-tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Small White 1, Speckled Wood 1 The Grove TM3035 Will Brame
4 May Holly Blue in our Kesgrave garden today Kesgrave TM30452 Jenny & Gary Plank
3 May Six species along the Lark Valley path at 11am: Green-veined White, Large White, (my first this year), Orange- tip Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blues Lark Valley TL8268 Rob Parker
1 May Duke Street, Hadleigh IP7 5DP 1 May - 1 Orange Tip Hadleigh TM0242 Karen Child
1 May My first Speckled Wood of 2018 Bury St Eds garden Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
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1 May Baylham 'black hole' tetrad TM0850 -  Orange-tip 3, Green-veined White 4, Peacock 1. Baylham TM0950 David Walsh
1 May Baylham 'black hole' tetrad TM0850 -  Orange-tip 2, Green-veined White 6, Peacock 6, Large White 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1. Counted in an hour.  Best area along footpath bordering Knotting Grove Baylham TM0951 David Walsh
1 May Bramford 'black hole' tetrad TM1046 -  Orange-tip 1, Green-veined White 3, Peacock 11, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 1, Brimstone 2, Speckled Wood 2. Counted in an hour along Bullen Lane & footpath to north Bramford TM1046 David Walsh
1 May Bramford 'black hole' tetrad TM1046 - Orange-tip 6, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 1. Bramford TM1146 David Walsh
1 May Encountered today my first Orange-tip butterfly of the year a male then a pair courting as well as two male Speckled Wood butterflies in an aerial fighting ball.  Private land near the Orwell country park near the Orwell country park TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey
1 May 1 Large White, 4 Orange-tip, 5 Peacock, 6 Green-veined White, 3 Small White Loompit Lake TM2537 Will Brame
1 May 11 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Landguard butts TM2832 Will Brame
1 May One of my targets for the spring successfully achieved!  My first ever local Green Hairstreak, in Belstead Brook Park this morning.  Also my first Small White of the year.  (photo click here) Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
1 May Orange-tip m, Holly Blue SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
26 Apr 2 Orange Tip Loompit TM2537 Dave Pearsons
26 Apr 1 Painted Lady, 2 Holly Blue Bramford picnic site TM1246 Matt
26 Apr first Green-veined white and Speckled wood butterflies for the year Ipswich Golf Club TM2042  
26 Apr In the woodland at North Warren today I saw 4 Speckled Woods, a Peacock and 2 Green veined Whites . North Warren TM 4559 Bob Turner
26 Apr Out on the marshes I was surprised to see a Painted Lady land beside a bird viewing platform where it sat for 40 minutes trying to warm up during the brief sunny periods.  It spent most of it`s time with wings folded when it was almost invisible on the dead grass North Warren TM 4658 Bob Turner
26 Apr Ditchingham Grove, Rushmere St Andrew IP5 1NE 26 Apr - 1 Orange Tip, 1 Small White E Ipswich TM205446 Karen Child
21 Apr - 3 Small White
22 Apr - 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White
23 Apr - 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White
24 Apr - 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White
25 Apr - 1 Holly Blue
SE Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
25 Apr Green-veined White 2, Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, Holly Blue 1 Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
25 Apr Orange Tip 2, Speckled Wood 1 Belstead Brook Park TM1541 David Walsh
25 Apr Painted Lady Gunton warren TM5495 James Wright per Nick B
25 Apr In my garden, I had a male Orange-tip on a bluebell, pic attached, and also a Small White paid a visit.  (photo click here) N Ipswich TM1646 Robert Brown
23 April Encountered today my first two male Speckled Wood butterflies of the year and one male Orange-tip butterfly feeding from garlic mustard plants.  Also encountered three male Green-veined Whites and two Peacocks basking on bare ground.. Private land near Orwell country park TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey
22 Apr Saw our first Green Hairstreaks of the year,  today at Orwell Country and Landseer Parks. First of all, two were seen chasing each other very rapidly, then a single sighting in the latter location. Other species seen included 12+ Peacocks, some taking advantage of a colourful and presumably nectar rich swathe of Ground Ivy, innumerable Small Whites, 3x Small Tortoiseshell, 2x Comma, 2x Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 3x male Orange Tips, 8x Brimstones (mainly males but also 2 egg-laying females), 1 Green-veined White. Orwell Country and Landseer Parks. TM1840 TM1742 David & Julian Dowding
22 Apr Orange-tip, Small White Milsoms, Kesgrave TM233464 Dave Pearsons
22 Apr In my garden Brimstones, Peacock, Holly Blue, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood. Haverhill TL658465 Neil Dickinson
22 Apr  Our butterfly surveyors have come back with a decent list including orange-tip, green-veined white, comma, peacock, speckled wood and brimstone, bee flies continue to be seen around the ground ivy and lots of mining bee activity in the car park  RSPB Minsmere TM4666  
22 Apr Just seen first Holy Blue Butterfly at Carlton Marshes on the ivy bush near visitor centre at 10am SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 obert Quadling
22 Apr By the tunnel this morning: 3 Orange Tip (m), 3 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock Belstead Meadows TM129418 Kev Ling
21 Apr Painted Lady Hollesley Marsh TM3744 Alex Rafinski
21 Apr 3 x Orange Tip, 1 Green Veined White Bobbits Lane, Ipswich TM148414 Kev Ling
21 Apr My back Garden () - 2 x Holly Blue Ipswich TM142428 Kev Ling
21 Apr 1 Comma, 1 Small White, 1 Female Brimstone, 48 Small Tortoiseshell, 51 Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
20 Apr I would like to report that during our walk today, 20 April, from Needham Lakes to Pipps Ford, we sighted:   10 Peacocks, 4 male Brimstones, 7 male Orange tips, 1 female Orange tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 3 Whites and 1 Green Veined White  (photos click here) Needham Lakes to Pipps Ford TM1054 Robert & Karen Brown
20 Apr I have over the last two days encountered six male Brimstone butterflies, three Green veined Whites, two male Large Whites, two Small Tortoiseshells, six Peacocks and two Red Admirals. Private Land near Orwell Country Park Ipswich TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey
20 Apr Mr Brimstone patrolling yesterday, today Mrs B was laying all over the Buckthorn which has tiny leaves.  Managed to mark one set of 4 eggs so I can keep a eye on them.  Excitement!   Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
20 Apr 2 Small white SE Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
19 Apr 1 Small white SE Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
19 Apr Belstead Meadows, First Orange Tip of the year (1 male). Also 5 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma Belstead Meadows TM132418 Jo Ling
19 Apr 1st Holly Blue in Lattice Ave garden Ipswich TM191447 Dave Pearsons
19 Apr Good number of Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae) between Harleston and Northfield Wood, Stowmarket this morning and odd Large White in the wood itself.  Nice to hear the chiffchaffs again too! Northfield Wood TM0260 Mark Brewster
19 Apr Brimstone Butterfly along Dell Road, Oulton Broad Oulton Broad TM5292 Jane Ferguson
19 Apr Holly Blue at Marsh Road, Oulton Broad this morning Oulton Broad TM5192 Jane Ferguson
19 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, male Brimstone, 2 Peacocks  this afternoon cavenham Heath TL7672 barry woodhouse
19 Apr Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip (m) 1 SW Ipswich TM143419 Richard Perryman
19 Apr Brimstone 1 SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
19 Apr Orange Tip 1. Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
19 Apr Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2, Comma 1 Belstead Brook Park TM1541 David Walsh
19 Apr Holly blue at Lound lakes this morning Lound lakes TG511007 Gavin Durrant
18 Apr Thought you might like this record when I recently visited my Aunt in her Care Home - Grove Court, Woodbridge, IP12 4BW, . We had a wander around the grounds in the sunshine and I spotted: 2 Peacock 1 Small Tortoiseshell  Woodbridge TM269484 Sue Smith
18 Apr Small Copper Bromeswell TM3049 Anne Coope
18 Apr Peacock 10, Comma 3, Brimstone 1 Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
18 Apr Holly Blue was here in our garden yesterday too. Just one E Ipswich TM1842 Julian Dowding
18 Apr Green-veined White 1, Brimstone - 1 male; Peacock - 7, Small Tortoiseshell - 2 (last year's ploughing of most of the site by developers trying to jump the gun has reduced the butterflies to the margins at this site).  The 'Green Sudbury' group led by Nick Miller are currently fighting for the survival of the site (with the help of my records). Henney Field TL 887425 Martin Peers
18 Apr Small White 1, Green-veined White (my first this year) - 1; Brimstone - male & female; Peacock 4 (2 pairs mating); Small Tortoiseshell 4 Chilton Woods TL 891426 Martin Peers
18 Apr Orange tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue in garden Theberton TM4365 Andrew Leng
18 Apr 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone male, 1 Peacock, 1 Small White, 1 Comma. Landguard TM2831 Will Brame
18 Apr 7 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone male, 1 Large White, 3 Peacock. Peewit Hill TM2834 Will Brame
18 Apr 1 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Green-veined White, 26 Peacock Felixstowe Ferry to Kingsfleet TM3238 Will Brame
18 Apr Orange Tip, Green-veined White SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
18 Apr Brimstone 6, Peacock 6, Comma 2 Alton Water TM1436 Richard Perryman
18 Apr Today at Folly Road, Mildenhall, amongst Vanessids and Brimstones, two Orange–tip males, several Small Whites and a second Green-Veined White, nearly a month after my first.  My first Holly Blue, about a week later than usual because of last week’s weather, again egg-laying on terminal buds of anything but Holly!  Must have mated a few days ago?  (photo click here) Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford
18 Apr 7:20 to 12:20 15+ Peacock, 8+ Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Comma and Small White SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Andrew Easton
18 Apr Butterflies recorded between 12.30pm to1pm at Ellough Industral Estate, . 6 Peacocks Beccles TM4488 Robert Quadling
18 Apr This morning’s sun brought welcome visitors to our Bury St Edmunds garden: 2 Holly Blues (my first of 2018)  A Brimstone visited my Alder Buckthorn 3 times, each time depositing a single egg on the end of a greening leaf bud.  This is the first time I have seen egg laying in the approx 12 years I have had the shrub.  Aslo a single Peacock. Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
18 Apr 1 Small white SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
18 Apr at Hadleigh Railway Walk, - 13 Brimstone,3 Peacock, 14 Small white, 1 Orange tip - This was a four mile walk Hadleigh Railway Walk TM0240 to TM0540 Karen Child
17 Apr 1 Brimstone Euston TL894798 Kev Ling
17 Apr 1 Brimstone Norton TL959651 Kev Ling
17 Apr 1 Brimstone Bury St Eds Garden TL845642 Margaret Charlesworth
17 Apr 2 Brimstone (m) Ramsey Wood TM066432 Jane Henderson
17 Apr 2 Brimstone (f) Chattisham TM088421 Jane Henderson
17 Apr 12 brimstone (both sexes) Ickworth Estate TL819618 Jane Henderson
17 Apr First Small White today which I first thought was the female orange tip from yesterday.  Also another male Brimstone Thurston TL9264 Trevor Goodfellow
17 Apr Landseer Park was awash with Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks Landseer Park TM1742 Julian Dowding
17 Apr 1 Peacock at the east end of Long Strops (towards Bell Lane), 1 Red Admiral mid Long Strops. 3 Peacocks & 1 (small) Comma at the west end of Long Strops (on the mole hills near the wood).  1 Comma on the Kesgrave cycle path near Pergola Piece. Kesgrave TM2244 Richard Wall
17 Apr The casual IBC rangers saw two egg-laying female Brimstones at 20-year old bushes, tucked away I think above the wet area. Landseer Park TM1742 Julian Dowding
17 Apr Brimstone  nr dog walking area Foxhall TM2244 Dave Pearsons
17 Apr 2 Peacock RSPB Hollesley TM3642 Dave Pearsons
17 Apr 1 Peacock SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
16 Apr Old Station House, Somerleyton, NR32 5QN. Clouded Yellow, flying over garden.  Probably female.  Somerleyton TM479965 Sue Cox
16 Apr Portal Avenue Woods, Martlesham Heath 1 x Small White, 1 x Brimstone, 2 x Peacock Martlesham TM240460 Kev Ling
15 Apr Edge of Old Hall Wood, Belstead 2 Small Tortoiseshell Belstead TM131398 Jo Ling
15 Apr We saw 2 male brimstones in the garden this morning! Mildenhall TL727754 Janine Avison
14 Apr Small White, Brimstone - female flying across the road, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma - all singles. Hyland, Sudbury TL882414 Martin Peers
14 Apr Brimstone 2 males, Peacock Shawlands, Gt Cornard TL890412 Martin Peers
14 Apr Brimstone and Peacock sighted Saturday 14/4/18  CO10 5PB Boxford Playing fields TL9624 Melvyn Eke
14 Apr two Peacocks and a Comma as well as a Brimstone at Ingham Ingham TL8570 Mr H
14 Apr Peacock, Brimstones male and female, and a Small White enjoying the nectar in ornamental cherry blossom (photo click here) Waldringfield TM2845 Peter Maddison
14 Apr and a nice new Peacock sunning itself outside Leiston Leisure Centre Leiston TM4562 Geraldine Smith
14 Apr After a week of dreary weather, a Small Tortoiseshell in our Framlingham garden Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
14 Apr Two Peacocks, a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell in Kirton, Suffolk Kirton TM2739 Robert Brown
14 Apr my first Small White of the year, (photo click here), and two Peacocks at Landguard, Felixstowe Landguard TM2831 Robert Brown
14 Apr 6  Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
14 Apr Yay! Male Orange-tip in Brantham, Suffolk this afternoon! Brantham TM1034 via Bill Stone
14 Apr 10 Peacock, 3 Comma, 3 Brimstone , 3 Small Tortoiseshell Kiln Meadow, Ipswich TM145414 Kev Ling
14 Apr Large White - Just hatched out this morning.   (photo click here) Flixton TM511961 Richard Martin
14 Apr 1 Peacock, 1 Small white, 1 Brimstone SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
7 Apr 4 Brimstones,  Also Small White Genesis Green TL742577 Meg Johnson
7 Apr 1 Brimstone in Backhouse Lane, Great Cornard Great Cornard TL8838 Richard Wall
7 Apr 1 Brimstone on A134 Sudbury Road just east of Sudbury Sudbury TL8840 Richard Wall
7 Apr 4 Brimstone (1f / 3m), 4 Comma , 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Kiln Meadow/Bobbits Lane TM145414 Kev Ling
7 Apr This last week we have had a male Brimstone patrolling the hedge with the Buckthorn in it on several sunny days, a Peacock I let out of the garage and, a joy yesterday, a Small Tortoiseshell in the herbaceous border was seen several times.  Let us hope this will be a good year even if starting rather late. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
7 Apr A male Brimstone flew through my garden in Saxmundham today Saxmundham TM 3763 Bob Turner
7 Apr During a walk round Newbourne Springs today I spotted 3 Peacocks and 2 male Brimstones.  Two of the Peacocks were nectaring on what I call, pussy willow (photo click here) Newbourne Springs TM2642 Robert Brown
7 Apr I saw my first Peacock of the year, in our garden Newton TL9040 Dean Morley
7 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes TM5092 Robert Quadling
7 Apr Such a sunny day after all, I expected to see something and was not disappointed: Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma at home in Thurston (photo click here) Thurston TL9264 Trevor Goodfellow
7 Apr 3 Peacocks and a Male Brimstone. 22C!   TL8779 Mr H
7 Apr Finally saw my first butterflies of the year! 4 Small Tortoiseshells along edge of SWT Trimley Marshes and then another one at home! Trimley St Mary TM2836 Bill Stone
7 Apr 4 Commas Bury St Edmunds TL8465 Barry Woodhouse
7 Apr Male Brimstone sighted in Buxhall Buxhall TM0057 Jane Tuke
7 Apr 1 Peacock SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
6 Apr Today, 6th April was much cooler windier and overcast.  Just one Peacock seen by the river Lark at West Stow. West Stow TL8070 Rob Parker
5 Apr 1 Brimstone at the back of Ipswich Hospital NE Ipswich TM1844 Richard Wall
5 Apr 1 Peacock Chantry Park TM137439 Kev Ling
5 Apr 1 Peacock Martlesham Heath (Police HQ) TM245459 Kev Ling
5 Apr Just good enough to walk my transect at Bury St Edmunds.  At 12C in 100% sun, I saw 6 Small Tortoiseshells and one Peacock. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
5 Apr Large White reported today in Ipswich along with good numbers of Brimstone, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells across the county Ipswich   Bill Stone
5 Apr Signs of spring at Wolves Wood, Suffolk today - Light Orange Underwing, Comma  (photos click here) and frog spawn.  Several Chiffchaff singing and plenty of newts in the pond shallows RSPB Wolves Wood TM0543 Chris Bishop
5 Apr 2 Peacock   (photo click here) , 1 Comma and 1 male Brimstone near the woodland fringe of the park this afternoon. Bourne Park TM1541 Sam Chamberlin
5 Apr Male Brimstone, Peacock and plenty of Bombus terrestris bumblebees today Purdis farm.  Also a few Bombus hypnorum and Bombus pratorum Purdis Farm TM2142 Neil Sherman
5 Apr First Brimstone of the year and a few Peacocks fluttering around today in the garden Flixton TM511961 Richard Martin
5 Apr 1 Comma,1 Peacock,1 Small Tortoiseshell, Landguard on the butts TM282318 Will Brame
5 Apr 3 Small Tortoiseshell,3 Comma,1 Peacock Peewit Hill TM287340 Will Brame
5 Apr Peacock SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
4 Apr Male brimstone sighted in Buxhall Buxhall TM0057 Jane Tuke
4 Apr A male Brimstone was seen flying at Benhall Green today Benhall Green TM3861 Bob Turner
4 Apr 2 Peacocks at Snape Snape TM4057 Bob Turner
4 Apr 2 Peacocks at Saxmundham Saxmundham TM3763 Bob Turner
4 Apr My Chantry Garden = 1 x Comma , 1 x Red Admiral Ipswich TM142428 Kev & Jo Ling
4 Apr Martlesham Heath Control Tower = 1 x Brimstone   Martlesham TM239458 Kev & Jo Ling
29 Mar I would like to report that I saw two Small Tortoiseshells near Martlesham Church,  (photo click here) Martlesham TM261469 Robert Brown
29 Mar Butterflies seen between 12.30pm and 1pm , 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma at Ellough Industral Estate Beccles TM443888 Robert Quadling
26 Mar 2 Peacock SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
26 Mar I saw a Brimstone in my garden Chantry, Ipswich TM1342 Kev Ling
26 Mar I did see two Brimstones today Meeting Green TL742577 Meg Johnson
26 Mar Theberton Garden, Red Admiral and Tortoiseshell Theberton TM4365 Andrew Leng
26 Mar my wife saw a male brimstone in nightingale road Ipswich yesterday lunchtime Ipswich TM1841 Peter Compton
26 Mar first Yellow Brimstone and 3 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marsh TM5092 Gaius Hawes
26 Mar Sunny warmish day after a cold start here just outside Ipswich. Plenty of bumblebees out, Peacock and Small tortoiseshell butterflies and this Orange underwing moth, my second of the year  (photo click here) NE Ipswich TM2043 Neil Sherman
26 Mar Brimstone butterfly on Whin Hill RSPB Minsmere TM4667  
26 Mar Just to let you know that I saw my first 2018 Brimstone butterfly (male) this morning, flying in the woodland which separates my garden from the grounds of Framlingham Castle. Framlingham TM2863 Caroline Price
26 Mar Coincidentally, a friend who lives in Laxfield ie not many miles away, has just mailed me with news of her first Brimstone sighting too (another male).    What a welcome sight! Laxfield TM2072 Caroline Price
26 Mar Saw a Brimstone and a Comma in our Sudbury garden this morning. Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
25 Mar I saw my 1st butterfly 2018 (ignoring the French hitchhiker) on 25th March. Small Tortoiseshell Flixton Marsh Lane, Blundeston TM5095 Richard Martin
25 Mar Just seen first butterfly at Carlton Marshes at 16.15pm Small Tortoishell only one SWT Carlton Marshes TM5088592020 Robert Quadling
23 Mar 1 Small tortoiseshell Peewit Hill TM287340 Will Brame
21 Mar 2 Commas Landguard obs TM282318 Will Brame
21 Mar Brimstone this morning Cavenham Heath TL7672 Barry Woodhouse
21 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Oulton Marshes TM5094  
21 Mar Peewit Hill today 1 Peacock 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the wing seeming much more spring like  (photos click here) Felixstowe, Peewit Hil TM287340 Will Brame
21 Mar I saw a Comma at Hadleigh (TM0242) this morning. Regards, Martin Hadleigh TM0242 Martin Peers
21 Mar Today at Folly Road, Mildenhall a single Green-veined White in the exact same flower-bed on Grape Hyacinth as one seen on 11th March about 18 years ago by my late mother-in-law, Eileen Coe.  (plus a Comma and two Brimstones) Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn & Sheila Crawford
21 Mar Small Tortoiseshell just now Lowestoft TM5324091594 Antony Wren
21 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell was seen flying today at Banter's Barn Farm, Boyton Boyton TM 3847 Bob Turner
20 Mar Encountered my very first Brimstone butterfly of the year a female feeding from an open dandelion flower on a meadow in Ravenswood Ipswich Ravenswood TM1840 Daniel Cable-Davey
17 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell has decided it's best not to go outside today (photo click here) Stutton TM153347 Mark Nowers
17 Mar I saw a male Brimstone flying across my front garden in Ipswich today. Maybe not the first for Suffolk but good to see nonetheless and hopefully a sign of spring E Ipswich TM2044 Julian Dowding
16 Mar 1 Brimstone SW Ipswich TM184424 Karen Child
16 Mar Two Brimstones and one Small Tortoiseshell (the latter on winter flowering heathers) in my garden in the west side of Haverhill on 16th March about lunchtime. Haverhill TL6444 Neil Dickinson
16 Mar Brimstone Day! 1 Brimstone in the garden of Rose Cottage, School Road, Elmswell Elmswell TL988638 Mary & Peter Feeney
16 Mar 1 Brimstone at Lukeswood, Elmswell Elmswell TL984634 Mary & Peter Feeney
16 Mar 1 Brimstone in garden at junction of Richer Road and Ashfield Hill, Great Ashfield Great Ashfield TL998682 Mary & Peter Feeney
16 Mar Brimstone male patrolling garden Theberton TM4365 Andrew Leng
16 Mar 2 Small Tortoiseshell seen together Shingle Street TM3642 Laurence Potter & Eddie Marsh
16 Mar I've seen two male Brimstones, my first of this year, in our garden today, and my second Small Tortoiseshell of 2018 Newton TL9140 Dean Morley
16 Mar Had a Comma at Thorpeness Common this morning Thorpeness Common TM4660 Scott Mayson
16 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell was seen flying at North Warren today North Warren TM4559 Bob Turner
16 Mar Seen my first Brimstone butterfly of the year today, next to the fire station in School Road Elmswell, and I've seen tomorrows weather forecast, can't help feel sorry for the poor thing Elmswell TL987639 Peter Rutt
16 Mar My first Brimstone of the year on 16th March, a male midday on eastern side of Woodbridge Woodbridge TM2648 Peter Woolley
16 Mar Male Brimstone and Comma flying in the garden 12.15pm today. Waldringfield TM2845 Peter Maddison
16 Mar Brimstone & Peacock in the sun in Bury St Edmunds at 17C Bury St Edmunds TM8464 Rob Parker
16 Mar Today, 16 March, along the River Gipping at Needham Market, I saw 3 male brimstones and 2 peacocks, unfortunately none of them would settle down to have their photos taken! Needham Market TM0854 Robert Brown
14 Mar Glad to say the butterflies are out and about!   On Wednesday 14 March this peacock (photo click here) was warming itself up in the sun on my patio in north west Ipswich NW Ipswich TM1646 Robert Brown
14 Mar Small Tortoiseshell feeding on viburnum in front garden, my first of the year Halesworth TM385781 Derek Norris
14 Mar Just seen my first butterfly of 2018; a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden.  Newton TL9140 Dean Morley
14 Mar Saw a Brimstone today lackford lakes Lackford Lakes TL8070 Matt
14 Mar Red Admiral near Landguard point Felixstowe at the Customs House late a.m. today Landguard point TM288326 Will Brame
14 Mar A Comma: my 1st butterfly of the year at North Warren this am. North Warren TM4458 Julian Coleman
14 Mar Red Admiral today here on Ipswich golf course, Purdis farm Ipswich golf course TM207430 Neil Sherman
14 Mar May I report a lovely early Brimstone sighting today, 14 March, at Bramford Tye Bramford Tye TM099471 Rob Clements
14 Mar A Peacock in the sun on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds this morning at 8C; My first butterfly of 2018 Bury St Edmunds TM8464 Rob Parker
14 Mar Saw a Comma in the back garden in the sunshine. Our first butterfly of 2018! Worlingham TM4488 Lilian Pitt
10 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Pipps Ford mid day 1st butterfly of yr here Pipps Ford TM106536  
17 Feb First butterfly of the year seen today in the warm sunshine at lunchtime - a Red admiral. Spring is on the way!  (photo click here) Purdis Heath Golf Club TM2043  
17 Feb 1st Red Admiral of the year on a glorious morning Stutton TM143347 Mark Nowers
17 Feb a Small Tortoiseshell enjoying the sun in the garden Gunton TM5496 James Wright
17 Feb Small Tortoiseshell just flew past my window!   TL8779 Mr H
16 Feb Just spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on the Christmas Box bushes in the Christchurch Park carpark in Ipswich.  (photo click here) Christchurch Park TM1645 David Basham
11 Feb Red Admiral seen close to Belstead Brook, Ipswich. Belstead Brook, Ipswich TM1341 Kev Ling
1 Feb This Small White just hatched out in our kitchen. We think it travelled with our veg box (photo click hereAn interesting early emergence but cannot be counted as a genuine outdoor sighting Lowestoft   Richard Martin
26 Jan First Red Admiral of the year, in flight 26th, Jan 2018   Along River Gipping path navigational bit towards Sproughton, near old Sugar beet factory, Ipswich. Sproughton TM128449 Val Sherwen
26 Jan Friday 26 January 2018 started as a frosty, foggy morning, but the sun came out during my walk along the River Deben towards Martlesham Creek and a Peacock was warming up along the path  (photo click here).   This is my first butterfly of 2018!   Regards Martlesham Creek TM276467 Robert Brown
26 Jan My wife has done it again, she’s seen the first butterfly of 2018 before me. A Red Admiral sunning itself on a car bonnet, Landguard area, Felixstowe Landguard TM282312 Bill Stone
25 Jan A Red Admiral was flying and then sunning itself outside a neighbours house in Grange Farm, Kesgrave today.  (photo click here) Kesgrave TM229454 Richard Wall
25 Jan Saw this Red Admiral today in Fletcher Road Ipswich  at 1.10 pm happy days  (photo click here) Ipswich TM179419 Peter Compton
18 Jan One Red Admiral on my window today in nightingale road Ipswich at 13 30pm first sighting of a butterfly this year Ipswich TM1841 Peter Compton
12 Jan At 1.15 PM today a Peacock was flying round the garden here in Friston.  It had probably come from my wood shed where they regularly hibernate. Friston TM4060 Bob Turner

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Photographs from 2018 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Red Admiral - photo Peter Compton

Red Admiral - photo Richard Wall

Peacock - photo Robert Brown

Small White - photo Richard Martin

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Dave Basham

Red Admiral - photo

Peacock - photo Robert Brown

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Mark Nowers

Peacock - photo Will Brame

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Will Brame

Orange Underwing Moth - photo Neil Sherman

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Robert Brown

Peacock - photo Sam Chamberlin

Comma - photo Chris Bishop

Light Orange Underwing - photo Chris Bishop

Comma - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Peacock - photo Robert Brown

Large White - photo Richard Martin

Small White - photo Robert Brown

Small White f - photo Peter Maddison

Green-veined White - photo Mervyn Crawford

Holly Blue - photo Mervyn Crawford

Orange-tip - photo Robert Brown

Orange-tip - photo Robert Brown

Green-veined White - photo Robert Brown

Orange-tip - photo Robert Brown

Green Hairstreak -  photo David Walsh

Green Hairstreak -  photo David Carter

Small Copper -  photo David Carter

Green Hairstreak -  photo Trevor Goodfellow

Green Hairstreak -  photo Kev Ling

Green Hairstreak -  photo Kev Ling

Green-veined White -  photo Mr H

Speckled Wood -  photo Mr H

Holly Blue - photo Mark Brewster

Painted Lady - photo Bill Plumb

Orange-tip - photo Bill Plumb

Orange-tip egg - photo Bill Plumb

Green Hairstreak -  photo Kev Ling

Painted Lady - photo Charles Cuthbert

Small Copper - photo Charles Cuthbert

Speckled Woods - photo Charles Cuthbert

Wall Brown - photo Matt Gooch

Green Hairstreak -  photo Sam Chamberlin

Small Heath -  photo Trevor Goodfellow

Dingy Skipper -  photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath -  photo David Carter

Green Hairstreak -  photo Bill Plumb

Green Hairstreak -  photo Bill Plumb

Holly Blue - photo Bill Plumb

Brown Argus - photo David Basham

Small Copper - photo Sam Chamberlin

Dingy Skipper - photo David Carter

Brown Argus - photo Robert Brown

Green Hairstreak - photo Robert Brown

Common Blue - photo Robert Brown

Small Copper - photo Robert Brown

Orange=tip - photo Ian

Green Hairstreak - photo Gavin Durrant

Brown Argus - photo Robert Brown

Wall Brown - photo Bill Plumb

Wall Brown - photo

Wall Brown - photo Gavin Durrant

Wall Brown - photo Gavin Durrant

Wall Brown - photo Andrew Easton

Wall Brown - photo Robert Quadling

Wall Brown - photo Robert Quadling

Green-veined White - photo Mark Brewster

Speckled Wood - photo Robert Quadling

Small Copper - photo Robert Quadling

Common Blue - photo Robert Quadling

Common Blue - photo Robert Quadling

Green Hairstreak - photo Robert Quadling

Wall Brown - photo David Pitt

Small Copper - photo Robert Quadling

Wall Brown - photo Ed Hutchings

Holly Blue - photo Charles Cuthbert

Holly Blue eggs laid on Euonymus - photo Charles Cuthbert

Alabonia Geoffrella - photo Richard Perryman

Large Skipper - photo Matt Garnham

Painted Lady - photo David Carter

Yellow-legged Clearwing female - photo Sam Chamberlin

Yellow-legged Clearwing exuvia - photo Sam Chamberlin

Large Skipper - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Commophila aeneana - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Six-spot burnet cocoon - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Meadow Brown - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Common Blue - photo Robert Brown

Common Blue - photo Robert Brown

Painted Lady - photo Richard Wall

Dingy Skipper - photo Richard Wall

Silver-studded Blues - photo David Pitt

Silver-studded Blue - photo Geraldine Smith

Clouded Buff - photo Geraldine Smith

Silver-studded Blues - photo Liz Cutting

Large Skipper - photo Alex Rafinski

Nemaphora? - photo Alex Rafinski

Red Admiral ab. bialbata - photo Robert Quadling

Silver-studded Blue - photo Steve Babbs

Silver-studded Blue - photo Steve Babbs

White Admiral - photo Julia Smith

Peacock caterpillars - photo Gemma Irwin

Peacock caterpillar - photo Gemma Irwin

Large Skipper - photo David Walsh

Small Skipper - photo Matt Garnham

Hornet Moth - photo Scott Matson

Purple Hairstreak - photo

Silver-studded Blue f  - photo Kevin Ling

Ringlet - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Purple Hairstreak - photo Mark Brewster

Silver-studded Blue - photo Mark Brewster

Silver-studded Blue - photo Mark Brewster

Orange-tip   photo Kevin Ling

Peacock   photo Kevin Ling

Small White   photo Kevin Ling

Mullein moth   photo Kevin Ling

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Trevor Goodfellow

White Admiral - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter

Ringlet - photo Charles Cuthbert

Large Skipper - photo Charles Cuthbert

Painted Lady - photo Charles Cuthbert

Dark Green Fritillary - photo David Pitt
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